Machines modified for green construction project
10 August 2011
Posted by Michelle Devonshire
A company supplying plant and equipment to a major green building project in the UK has reported that some machines have been modified to meet strict standards imposed by the developer.
According to Rocket Rentals, the Hanham Hall scheme near Bristol is one of the first zero-carbon initiatives on such a scale in the country and contractors are also expected to comply with the majority of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
The Barratt Developments site is the first by a leading housebuilder to be awarded Level Six under the code and Simon Tomblin, Director of Rocket Rentals, stated that "the plant requirements for the contract are very stringent".
He added Thwaites dumpers - which have low emission-compliant Perkins engines fitted -have been used on the construction project, with bio-degradable hydraulic oil used in the system and alterations made to downward exhaust pipes to reduce their impact on the environment further.
In related news, the Taipei 101 building in Taiwan was recently awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Existing Building Operation and Maintenance standard by the Green Building Council in the US, making it the world's tallest sustainable structure.